Nedbank and EE Publishers seminar: Enabling a viable gas energy sector in SA

August 9th, 2019, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: Energize, Featured: EE Publishers, Featured: Energize

Nedbank and EE Publishers are hosting a morning seminar on:

“Enabling a viable gas energy sector in SA”

This is the 3rd in a series of important infrastructure seminars from Nedbank & EE Publishers

DATE: Wednesday 18 September 2019
TIME: 09h00 to 14h30 (see detailed programme below)
VENUE: Nedbank Main Auditorium, 135 Rivonia Road, Sandton, Johannesburg
PARKING: Ample parking is available
COST: R150 pp (inc VAT) payable at the door (cash or credit card)

While the global trade in liquefied natural gas (LNG) continues to grow, the Southern African region is showing interesting resources of natural gas in countries such as Angola, Namibia and Mozambique, and well as new discoveries off the southern Cape coast.

There is also the potential of shale gas in the Karoo and coal-bed methane gas in South Africa and Botswana, as well as opportunities for bio-gas, liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and hydrogen gas production in South Africa.

It is clear that a wide range of applications, such as new gas-to-power plants to complement variable renewable energy, as well as other industrial, transportation, agricultural and business applications, could benefit from a viable gas sector in South Africa.

But the question remains as to how to facilitate and establish a viable gas energy sector in South Africa from these existing and emerging local and international resources, in a way that can benefit the local economy, and create jobs in South

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Mr Thabang Chiloane


Adv. Sandra Coetzee
Mr. Andy (Andries) Calitz
Mr. John Smelcer
Mr. Jaco Human

Mr. Thabang Chiloane

Thabang Chiloane is currently the divisional executive for the Nedbank Group Strategic Relations & Public Affairs division

Thabang is a well-experienced communication professional whose work in government has provided him with innumerable contacts and invaluable understanding and insights into the working of government.

Between 2006 and 2008, Thabang was in charge of communications for the deputy president of South Africa. Earlier in his career, he headed up communications for the Kwazulu-Natal Provincial Government, the National Department of Housing and the Kwazulu-Natal Department of Transport. He also spent two years as director, news service at the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS).

A graduate of the Argus School of Journalism, Thabang also has a Bachelor of Communications degree from the Charles Sturt University in Australia, and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Regenesys Business School in Johannesburg.

Thabang serves as a Member of the Council of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) representing Organised Commerce and Industry. He also chairs the Information Communication, Technology and Governance Committee. He also serves on the Council Executive Committee, Audit Committee, Planning and Resources Committee and the Student Services Council at TUT.

Thabang’s journalism experience includes stints with Pretoria News and the SABC, where he won the African Journalist of the Year award in 1999. His current work in the private sector at Nedbank completes the proverbial circle.

He has no personal investments in the energy space and thus not conflicted.

Adv. Sandra Coetzee

Adv. Sandra Coetzee is an Advocate of the High Court, with many years experience in executive leadership positions in both the public and private sectors, and across multiple sectors, including energy, transport, telecommunications, water, mining, forestry and manufacturing.

Adv. Coetzee was recently appointed Acting Head of the IPP Office (IPPO) of the DoE with effect from 25 July 2019, after serving as Head: Strategy, Combined Assurance and Risk at the IPPO since 2013. Before this she was General Counsel and General Manager Risk and Compliance for SAA from 2010 to 2012.

From 2005 to 2010, Adv Coetzee, served at the DPE, first as DDG for Legal, Governance and Risk from 2005 to 2007, then as Chief Investment and Portfolio Officer from 2007 to 2009, and finally as Acting DG from 2009 to 2010.

Adv. Coetzee was also MD at a specialist consulting firm, where she successfully delivered over 40 development and infrastructure investment projects to public and private sector clients in South Africa, as well as SADC, SACU, EAC, ECOWAS, UEMOA, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya and Thailand.

She has served clients such as governments in Sub-Saharan Africa, multilateral organisations and international development agencies such as the World Bank, the Department for International Development (DFID), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the European Union, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).

Adv. Coetzee has a track record of cohesive multi-disciplinary team work, mentoring and capacity building, with an understanding and acumen for corporate governance, compliance and risk management. In her various roles she has demonstrated success in the demands of multi-country regional, legal, regulatory and governance frameworks, as well as sovereign requirements.

Andy (Andries) Calitz

Andy Calitz was educated as an Electrical Engineer at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, with further qualifications in Commerce, Management and Business Administration at the Harvard Business School in the United States and University of the Witwatersrand, University of South Africa and Insead Business School in France.

He started his working career with Eskom, the South African electricity utility, filling a variety of managerial and executive roles in electricity production planning, pricing, marketing, sector restructuring, and electricity transmission. He joined Shell in 1996, working initially in the Power Group in India and on the Peruvian Camisea projects.

Next he served as Shell International Gas’s Head of Business Development for Central and Eastern Europe and Russia, where he was actively involved in the Shell-Gazprom alliance, as well as energy projects in Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Poland. Then followed an assignment on gas and power in Beijing, on the strategic alliances between Shell and CNOOC and SINOPEC.

He joined the Shell International Trading and Shipping Company in 2000 as General Manager for Liquefied Natural Gas Shipping. That was followed by being the Commercial Director of Shell-Mitsubishi-Mitsui’s Sakhalin Energy, responsible for LNG and crude oil marketing. He then served as the Shell Project Director for the Shell-Chevron-ExxonMobil Australian Gorgon project. That was followed by a period in Shell Head Office in The Netherlands as Vice-President New Business Development for Shell Upstream International.

Most recently he was the CEO of LNG Canada, a Shell-Petronas-PetroChina-Kogas-Mitsubishi joint venture.

John Smelcer

John Smelcer has more than 20 years’ experience working in the energy and infrastructure sectors, with a focus on gas projects, where he has been involved in some of the largest LNG projects in emerging economies including across the African continent, as well as working on gas fired power projects and other gas transportation and downstream utilisation projects.

Having previously worked for Webber Wentzel in South Africa and Latham & Watkins in London on the legal side, and as an independent commercial consultant, John now leads the development of the Temane gas fired power project for Globeleq in Mozambique, and plays a leadership role in growing Globeleq’s gas business across the African continent.

John also provides technical assistance with respect to LNG projects to governments around the world, with a focus on new LNG buyers.

Highlights of projects on which John has advised include the Uganda refinery project, South African Independent Power Producer’s Office’s LNG to power programme, the Black Rhino Group led Horn of Africa Pipeline project in Ethiopia and Djibouti, and large scale LNG export projects across Africa and the emerging markets including Qatar, Papua New Guinea and Australia.

John attended Princeton University, the University of Cape Town and the University of Washington School of Law, and is a member of the New York bar.

Jaco Human

Jaco Human has B.Econ degree with Honours, and a M.Econ degree in supply chain economics, from the University of Stellenbosch.

He held various management positions at Eskom in South Africa and the Middle East from 1994 to 2002, after which he was Consol Group head of strategic resources from 2002 to 2006, and supply chain executive from 2006 to 2012.

From 2012 to 2016, Jaco was the chief procurement officer at Nampak, and chief commercial officer at Newlyn Investment Group from 2017 to March 2018.

From April 2016 to date, Jaco has been managing director at Chain Construct Consulting & Advisory, and has served as the executive officer for South Africa of the Industrial Gas Users Association from July 2018 to date.

Jaco is qualified and experienced in strategic management across all supply chain disciplines, commodities trading, route-to-market and infrastructure developments in the FMCG, petrochemical, manufacturing, mining and logistics sectors across markets in Africa, United Kingdom and Middle East.

He has expertise in gas energy strategy, strategic supply chain, capital projects, logistics, procurement and corporate transformation. He provides strategic consulting and advisory services to private sector and government clients in these fields, including a broad spectrum of supply chain optimisation, logistics and distribution, procurement strategy and strategic sourcing, commercial negotiations and contracting, and organisational restructuring.

In the capacity of executive officer for the Industrial Gas Users Association – Southern Africa, Jaco’s responsibilities include thought leadership to industry on gas energy availability, policy and pricing.

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